Eighteen years ago, I had to plan my wedding around the Master’s Tournament and college basketball’s Final Four but at least I knew the dates of the events.
The realignment of multiple college football teams and the ensuing legal battles have prevented the football schedules for two major conferences from being released and fall brides don’t know what to do.
“Football schedules for next fall in two major conferences have not been released because of a legal battle prompted by West Virginia’s attempt to move from the Big East to the Big 12, resulting in widespread angst for anyone trying to plan an event in college towns from Morgantown, W.Va., to Manhattan, Kan.”
“Brides hoping to wear white on a fall weekend are being told they must wait until the schedules are announced, because event facilities want to give preference to football weekends. “It’s amazing what happens when nobody can function because of college football,” said Dennicia Craft, executive assistant to the athletic director at Oklahoma State. ‘It does run our lives.’ ”
“Several colleges said they were receiving frantic phone calls or e-mails from brides, meeting planners, campus groups and hotels wanting to know if the Mountaineers, Jayhawks and Cowboys would be home or away on a particular date. ‘I’m hearing a lot of brides are anxious,’ said Cathy Martin, executive assistant to the athletic director at West Virginia. ‘They need to know our football schedule so they can coordinate dates for their wedding. Hopefully in the next two weeks we get this resolved and we’ll make a lot of brides very happy.’ ”
Larry Keating, who handles scheduling for Kansas’ football and basketball, sums it up well.
“I guess that’s why June became the traditional bride’s month,” Keating said. “No significant sporting events.”
Do you know anyone who is having a hard time nailing down their fall wedding due to the realignment? Did you have to plan around sporting events for your wedding? Did your husband, groomsmen or guests try to watch any events during the wedding or the reception?